UNICEF was created with the purpose of working with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. UNICEF is committed to ensuring that all children – regardless of gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic background or circumstance – realise their right to a quality education. To that end, UNICEF supports innovative programs and initiatives that focus on the worlds most excluded and vulnerable children, including girls, the disabled, ethnic minorities, the rural and urban poor, victims of conflict and natural disasters and children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS.
UNICEF helps governments, communities and parents build the capacities and skills they need to fulfil their obligations to children. These obligations include ensuring the right of all children to free, compulsory quality education, even during a humanitarian crisis, in the recovery period after a crisis or in fragile and unstable situations. UNICEF also focuses on gender equality and works towards eliminating disparities of all kinds.
EAC has country level partnerships with UNICEF in Chad, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Yemen reaching more than 3.3 million out of school children with quality-primary education.
Project Operation Come to School Kenya will be implemented in eight counties and one coastal island. This will result in 300,000 OOSC enrolled along with 50 schools rehabilitated and equipped with improved teaching and learning materials.
The Formal Education for Out of School Children in Somalia project will identify and provide access to primary education for 64,000 out of school children ages 6-14 in marginalised communities.
Several political and economic crises in Comoros since its independence in 1975 have contributed to instability and poor living conditions for the 745,000 inhabitants of its four islands. A result of the instability is a marked increase in the number of out of school children in recent years. EAC and UNICEF have partnered to address the issue of out of school children in Comoros through the Formal Education for Out of School Children in Comoros project.
In partnership with EAC and the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UNICEF is implementing the Equitable Quality Primary Education for All Children project in DRC. The aim of this project is to ensure that approximately 1.5 million children in DRC have access to and are enrolled and participating in quality primary education.
The Revitalizing Basic Education in Chad project seeks to improve access to quality primary education in Chad. Over the course of a 4.5-year period, a total of 34,760 currently out of school children will be able to access quality primary education.
EAC and UNICEF partnership project is improving access to education for out of school children in South Sudan, and aims to reach 32,640 out of school children with quality education.
The EAC and UNICEF Improving Access to Education for OOSC project provides direct support to 600,000 OOSC.
The Quality Basic Education for Out of School Children in Yemen project will enrol 102,000 OOSC in Yemen by creating and supporting quality interventions that facilitate children’s access to education and create in them the love for learning.